Antsy Appears in a TEDx Talk in Carson City

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy McClain was recently featured as a TEDx guest speaker in Carson City and his talk has been publicized nationwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Though known more as a humorist, songwriter and small town philosopher, as many of his fans know, Antsy McClain also has a parallel career as a painter and illustrator. When he shows up to speak at high school career days, he’s usually booked as “the creativity guy.” In this talk, he reflects on the pivotal age of “14” as a turning point in the lives of so many.

Antsy tells like he lives it: The good life. Antsy is generally free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.

 

 



My Trip to Wokingham, UK

Hanging with Family at Woodflock

Hanging with Family at Woodflock

After a fabulous five days in California hanging with my “family” at Woodflock, I had little time to rest.  I was purt near worn ragged from all of the fun and events at this “Flamingohead Family Retreat” and truly wasn’t ready to book on out of that four day camping extravaganza and head across the US and on to England.

Thanks to all my Woodflockers for a GREAT weekend. Love and hugs to you all.

 

Went to Iceland and all I got was a silly T-shirt

Went to Iceland and all I got was a silly T-shirt

Delayed flights and post holiday travel can test the resolve of one who has promised to “Enjoy the Ride.” After a day of delays flying from California to New Jersey, I finally buckled in on my flight to Iceland, where I would change planes to London. I was finally able to relax!

When I finally got to Iceland….it was just a layover, but what I saw of the airport was very nice.  At least I was able to land a t-shirt out of the visit!!

With legs stretched, it was back on the plane and on to London. I arrived tired and headed to the hotel.

Old Church in Wokingham

Old Church in Wokingham

While in London, I watched my first episode of Nashville – HA! It’s big in England. And I found out it’s just ‘The Young and The Restless’ with guitars. After a night of off-and-on sleep trying to acclimate myself to life on another continent, I can attest that British television is every bit as bad as anything we have going on in the U.S. HA! However, there’s a show over here called ‘Gogglebox‘ where cameras are set up in living rooms to catch the reactions of viewers as they watch various Reality TV shows, and it’s actually pretty hilarious. This will be the next phase of television: We watch others watching TV. The phase after that: We watch people watching people watching TV, and on it goes. Anyway…I needed to then head outside to soak up the sunshine and some of the beautiful old scenes of jolly old England, like the old church in Wokingham.

 

WokinghamPosterMy good friend Pauly Zarb, who arranged the street concert in Wokingham for the second straight year (very much like the street concerts he arranged in Bardstown, Kentucky with his brother Matt for a number of years), pulled together an amazing group of musicians to play with the band.  My Nashville drummer, Chris “Spoonz” Long, flew out a few days earlier and did some gigs with Pauly.

After I had rested up we got together with these fine musicians…Stuart Long on guitar, Rob Reeve assisting on percussion, amazing saxophonist Erly Thornton, Spoonz on drums and Paolo Minervini on bass…we got together and rehearsed.

These guys were hot.  Following is a video by guitarist Stuart Long of a piece of our rehearsal.  Taken from a GoPro attached to his guitar, it is a great view of our rockin’ rehearsal/show at Jagz Jazz Club.  Thanks to Stuart for this video.

Setting up the Stage for the street concert in Wokingham

Setting up the Stage for the street concert in Wokingham

The day for the Wokingham show was finally arrived.  The stage was getting set up and equipment was brought in.

An event like this takes a ton of planning, coordination and logistics.  Words alone cannot express the happy, peaceful place was in. I can only say “thank you” Pauly, for making this possible, and inviting me across the pond to be part of your party.’ It’s a way cool world.

By evening we were ready to put on a show.  After Hussy Hicks and Jimmi Nolan did their parts to open, we were primed and ready to kick into high gear and give the crowd a fun time.

Local Press had us Covered

Local Press had us covered

Working the crowd at Wokingham

Working the crowd at Wokingham

By evening time the crowd was ready.  The band was tight and we had a fabulous time.

There were hundreds of people lining the street in Wokingham, many of them dancing to the tunes.  I must admit that it was easily one of the top five shows I’ve ever been involved in. This band — O. M. G.!!

Following are a couple of quick video clips from the show and a couple of photos.

Friends, if this ain’t the Big Time, What Is?

Enjoy!

 

 

Chris on Drums and Paolo on Bass from my perspective

Chris on Drums and Paolo on Bass

Left to Right - Pauly Zarb, Rob Reeves, Erly Thornton and Mark Palmer

Left to Right – Pauly Zarb, Rob Reeves, Erly Thornton and Mark Palmer

Pauly Zarb Working it in Wokingham

Pauly Zarb Working it in Wokingham

 

The After-show Effect on my jacket

The After-show Effect on my jacket

As with all things…this good…no, this GREAT thing had to come to an end.

It was a wild and fun night…lots of sweat from dancing on the stage with some wonderful musicians…all of whom I felt honored and grateful to share the stage with.

Leaving was bittersweet, but I can now look forward to the next trip to hang with these great folks.

 

 

 

 

Closing off the trip with old friends Spoonz and Pauly

Closing off the trip with old friends Spoonz and Pauly


Covering Antsy McClain: Ron Howard’s Brother by Brian Stark

(Editor’s Note: As Antsy McClain has become more popular around the United States, and even in Europe, covers of his music are popping up on CDs, YouTube and Facebook. During the month of June we will feature videos with Antsy McClain music in them. Some are well done, some not so much…but YOU can be the judge. We will post them here.)

The 3 Rivers Band (with Brian Stark on bass on the left)

The 3 Rivers Band (with Brian Stark on bass on the left)

Brian Stark

Brian Stark

Today’s Cover Artist is Brian “Armadillo” Stark from Thousand Oaks, CA. By day Brian is the Executive Director at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and has been a land conservation and habitat restoration professional for over 20 years.  When he’s not working he can be found outdoors in nature, working in his native garden, or playing bass with the Three Rivers Band, which has done some Antsy covers as well.

Brian has done a few cover versions of Antsy McClain’s music on his own and is the only person we are aware of to do a version of the Antsy classic “Wreck of the Bookmobile,” which we will feature later. You can see his work on his YouTube Channel.

Sit back and enjoy Brian doing a cover of “The Bountyhunter” by Mike Cross and then “Ron Howard’s Brother” by Antsy McClain.

 


Covering Antsy McClain: Last Man on Earth to Get the Cooties by Tom Grigsby

(Editor’s Note: As Antsy McClain has become more popular around the United States, and even in Europe, covers of his music are popping up on CDs, YouTube and Facebook. During the month of June we will feature videos with Antsy McClain music in them. Some are well done, some not so much…but YOU can be the judge. We will post them here.)

TomGrigsbyOur cover artist of the day is a retired Navy Officer residing in Ivor, Virginia. Tom Grigsby is a fan of Antsy McClain and has recorded a couple of his songs and given them to us on YouTube.  Tom loves boating, but is also an avid Remote Control Airplane enthusiast.

In this Antsy cover, Tom Grigsby sings Antsy’s famed Ode to the Cooties, all about Larry…the “Last Man on Earth to Get the Cooties.”

Sorry Larry…..

 

 

 


Covering Antsy McClain: Prozac Made Me Stay by Messihippi

(Editor’s Note: As Antsy McClain has become more popular around the United States, and even in Europe, covers of his music are popping up on CDs, YouTube and Facebook. During the month of June we will feature videos with Antsy McClain music in them. Some are well done, some not so much…but YOU can be the judge. We will post them here.)

Messihippi1aWe travel across the Atlantic Ocean for today’s cover of an Antsy McClain song.  British musician Kamran Malik (who goes by the stage name Messihippi) hales from Cheadle, England and is a regular performer at the Sale Folk Club in Manchester.  He also accompanies Warrington, UK singer Kathie Taylor (Kathie Tea Music).  You can catch many of their unique takes on others’ music on the Kathy Tea Music Facebook page. His brief profile on YouTube offers this: Messihippi plays a bit of finger picking acoustic guitar, sometimes with a slide, and sings badly. He is hairy.

 

 


Covering Antsy McClain: Skinny Women Ain’t Hip Line Dancing by Susan Amacker

(Editor’s Note: As Antsy McClain has become more popular around the United States, and even in Europe, covers of his music are popping up on CDs, YouTube and Facebook.  During the month of June we will feature videos with Antsy McClain music in them. Some are well done, some not so much…but YOU can be the judge. We will post them here.)

SusanAmacker2Today we have a change of pace as we feature Benicia, CA Line Dance instructor Susan Amacker, who has created Line Dances for a few Antsy McClain songs. Today’s video features her Line Dance instructions for the Trailer Park Troubadours 1990s hit song “Skinny Women Ain’t Hip”. Get dancing folks!

Antsy now expects everyone to get up and line dance the next time he plays this song at a show. HA!

 

 

 


Covering Antsy McClain: Living in Aluminum by Strike4

(Editor’s Note: As Antsy McClain has become more popular around the United States, and even in Europe, covers of his music are popping up on CDs, YouTube and Facebook.  During the month of June we will feature videos with Antsy McClain music in them. Some are well done, some not so much…but YOU can be the judge. We will post them here.)

Strike4For the first cover, we feature Georgia band Strike4, led by former US Navy Supply Corps Officer (and Flamingohead) Ron Kaes and joined by some of his children.  The band actually does a few covers, some of which will appear later this month.

 

 

 

Enjoy the Ride with Strike4!


Antsy McClain LIVE on GoodDay Sacramento

Antsy does a nice rendition of his My Baby Whistles When She Walks on GoodDay Sacramento on January 30, 2015. This is a great sounding video of Antsy!!

You can catch Antsy LIVE tonight with the Troubs at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.  If you are anywhere close you gotta get there!


Happy New Year Video from Antsy McClain

For any who missed it, here’s my video New Years wish…
And for those who’d rather read than watch videos, here are the lyrics:

T’was the day after New Years and Facebook was jammed
With regrets all bemoaning the goodies we crammed,

The late nights of drinking, the pounds that amassed,
My fat jeans don’t fit! It all happened so fast!

We’ll see pics of kale smoothies replacing the plates
Of those holiday pies and soufflés we all ate.

And selfies in spandex in gyms ‘cross the land.
Will clutter our news feeds. I’ve seen it first hand!

The treadmills are crowded, the weight machines full,
My friends will be gimping from muscles they’ll pull.

Hey, more power to ya, if that’s where you are,
But there are always a few who take matters too far.

They become so obnoxious this time every year,
Last week they were Chris Christy, and now Schwarzenegger’s here.

They’ll scorn your Doritos as you open the bag.
Make faces and groan, they’ll preach and they’ll nag.

Saying, ‘Ew, that stuff’s garbage, It’ll kill ya, you know.’
When it’s the same crap they were eating just three days ago.

It’s like a dooms-day religion, and they go all the way.
I’d rather talk to a Mormon than these guys any day!

By the first week of March, when they’ve lost a few pounds,
Let’s hope it’s all over and our friends simmer down.

That’s usually the case, and not one word will we say
When they snarf all that chocolate come Valentines Day.

So, in a few weeks I’ll go back to the gym.
And have the place to myself ’cause they’re all empty again.

Moderation, they say, is the name of the game.
I’ll eat what I like — and let you do the same.

If it’s bad for me, well, I’m likely to try it.
Eat, drink and be merry — for tomorrow we diet.

Happy New Year, everyone!